St Petersfield MSCP, Tameside
This new Multi-Storey Car Park (MSCP) forms part of St. Petersfield, a new business quarter just half a mile from Ashton-under-Lyne town centre. The steel structure rises to three-and-a-half parking levels accommodating a total of 240 car spaces, including 10 spaces dedicated for disabled use and 44 spaces dedicated to serve the adjoining Magistrates Court.
The detailing is eye-catching and contemporary and delivers the very latest in car park design. A core ten metal fin not only makes for a striking design feature but also removes the risk of headlight glare affecting the surrounding residential areas. Mesh cladding reveals the elegant and finely detailed steel structure of the building and the stair and lift towers are clad in angled zinc panelling, providing a bright modern and clean setting for people to enter the building.
But the design also respects the local industrial heritage and has brick, sandstone and metal that link the building to the past. We selected a brick to closely match the colour and texture of the brickwork of the local mill buildings nearby and re-constituted stone bands pick up on the mills’ details adding interest and dynamism to the design. This approach also complements the new residential development which has also taken its design cues from the surrounding mill buildings.
"The new car park will provide much needed parking in this expanding businesses quarter as well as paving the way for the final phase of development – which will bring more jobs and business opportunities."
-Cllr Kieran Quinn, executive leader of Tameside Council.
Photos by Paul White.